Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
“With respect to the internet and e-mails, this does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States. And again, in this instance, not only is Congress fully apprised of it but what is also true, the FISA court has to authorize it.”
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
 “I specifically said that one of the things we are going to have to discuss and debate is how are we striking this balance between the need to keep the American people safe and our concerns about privacy.  Because there are some tradeoffs involved. I welcome this debate. I think it's healthy for our democracy. I think it's a sign of maturity."
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
“I think it is important to recognize that you can't have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience.  We're going to have to make some choices as a society.”
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
“…they are under very strict supervision by all three branches of government and they do not involve listening to people's phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of US citizens or US residents,”
Barack Obama
President
KQED 06/17/2013
“What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a US person the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls and the NSA. cannot target your e-mails." Charlie Rose: “and have not?” President Obama: “and have not. They can not and have not-- by law and by rule.”
Barack Obama
President
KQED 06/17/2013
"If you're a US person then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it's not targeting your e-mails unless it's getting an individualized court order.  That’s the existing rule."
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 07/07/2013
With respect to the internet and e-mails, this does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States. And again, in this instance, not only is Congress fully apprised of it but what is also true, the FISA court has to authorize it.”
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/07/2013
Obama: There is no spying on Americans. We don't have a domestic spy program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or e-mail address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. And that information is useful.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: The American people need to have confidence in them as well. And that is why I'm over the last few weeks, i have consulted members of Congress who have come at this issue from many different perspective's and i have asked the oversight board to review where our counterterrorism efforts and our values come into tension, and i directed my national security to be more transparent and to pursue reforms of our laws and practices. So i would like to discuss four specific steps, not all inclusive, but specific steps we will be taking
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: shortly to move the debate forward. First, I will work with Congress to pursue appropriate reforms to section 215 of the Patriot Act, the program that collects telephone records. As i said, this program is an important tool in our effort to disrupt terrorist plots and it does not allow the government to listen to any phone calls without a warrant. But given the scale of this program, i understand the concerns of those who would worry that it could be subject to abuse.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Second, i will work with Congress to improve the public's confidence in the oversight conducted by the foreign intelligence surveillance court, known as the FISA. The FISA was created by Congress to provide judicial review of certain intelligence activities so that a federal judge must find that our actions are consistent with the constitution. However, to build greater confidence, i think we should consider some additional changes to the FISA.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: i have confidence in the court and i think they have done a fine job, i think they can provide greater assurances that the court is looking at these issues from both perspectives, security and privacy. So specifically, we can take steps to make sure civil liberties concerns have an independent voice in appropriate cases by ensuring that the government's position is challenged by an adversary.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Number three, we can and must be more transparent. I directed the intelligence community to make public as much information about these programs as possible. We have already declassified unprecedented information about the NSA, but we can go further. So at my direction the department of justice will make public the legal rationale for the governments collection activities under article 215 of the Patriot Act. The NSA has taken steps to put in place a full time civil liberties and privacy officer and release
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama continued: information that details it’s mission, authorities and oversight. And finally, the intelligence community is creating a website that will serve as a hub for further transparency. This will give Americans and the world the ability to learn more about what our intelligence community does and what it doesn’t do, how it carries out its mission and why it does so. , Fourth, we are forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies. We need new
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Fourth, we are forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies. We need new thinking for a new era. We now have to unravel terrorist plots by finding a needle in a haystack" of global telecommunications. And meanwhile technology has given governments, including our own, unprecedented capability to monitor communications.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: So I'm tasking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities, particularly our surveillance technologies and they’ll consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there is absolutely no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used. Ask how surveillance impacts our foreign-policy particularly in an age when more and more information is becoming public, and they will provide an interim report in 60 days and a final report by the end of this year so we can move forward
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: with a better understanding of how these programs impact our security, our privacy, and our foreign- policy. All these steps are designed to ensure that the American people can trust that our efforts are in line with our interests and our values. And to others around the world, i want to make clear once again that America is not interested in spying on ordinary people. Our intelligence is focused above all on finding the information necessary to protect our people and, in many cases, detect our allies.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: Let me close with one additional thought. The men and women of our intelligence community work every single day to keep us safe because they love this country and believe in our values. They are patriots. And i believe that those who have lawfully raised their voices on the behalf of privacy and civil liberties are also patriots who love our country and want to live up to our highest ideals. so this is how we will resolve our differences in the united states, through vigorous public debate,
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: No, i don't think Mr.. Snowden was a patriot. As i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before Mr.. Snowden made these leaks. My preference and I think the American people's preference -- would have been for a lawful, orderly examination of these laws. A thoughtful
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama continued: fact-based debate that would then lead us to a better place. Because i never made claims that all the surveillance technologies that have developed since the time some of these laws had been put in place somehow didn't require potentially some additional reforms. That is exactly what i called for.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: So the fact is Mr.. Snowden has been charged with three felonies. If in fact he believes that what he did was right, then like every American citizen, he can come here and appear before the court with a lawyer and make his case. If the concern was that somehow this was the only way to get this information out to the public, i signed
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama continued: an executive order well before Mr.. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistleblower protection to the intelligence community for the first time. So there were other avenues available for someone whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions. But having said that, once the leaks have happened, what we’ve seen is information come out in drips and in drags,
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: a general impression has taken hold not only among the American public, but also around the world, that somehow we are out there willy- nilly just sucking in information on everybody and doing what we please with it. Now that’s not the case our laws specifically prohibit us from surveilling US persons without a warrant and there are a whole range of safeguards that are put in place to make sure that that basic principle is abided by
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: instinctive bias but intelligence community to keep everything close. And probably, what’s a fair criticism, is my assumption that, if we had checks and balances from the courts and Congress, that that traditional system of checks balances would be enough to give people assurances that these programs will run properly. That assumption i think proved to be undermined
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: i think it is important for us to go ahead and answer these questions. What i will be pushing the IC to do is, rather than have a trunk come out here and a leg come out here and a tale come out there, let's just put the whole elephant out there so people know exactly what they are looking at. Let's examine what is working, what is not. Are there additional protections that can be put in place and let’s move forward.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama: There's no question that Mr.. Snowden unleashed a much more response passionate than would have been the case if i had simply appointed this review board to go through and sat down with Congress and we had worked this thing through. It would have been less exciting . It would not have generated as much press to i actually think we would have gone to the same place.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 08/09/2013
Pres. Obama continued: And we would have done so without putting at risk our national security and some very vital ways that we are able to get some intelligence that we need to secure the country.
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Obama: If you look at the reports, even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden has put forward, all the stories that have been written, What you're not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs. And listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's e-mails. What you’re hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused.
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Obama continued: the prospect these could be abused. Part of the reason they are not abused is because these checks are in place and those abuses would be against the law and would be against the orders of the FISA.
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 08/09/2013
Obama: ...see if they can catch us in some imprecision on something, in light of that, it makes sense for us to go ahead and lay out what exactly we are doing, have a discussion with Congress, have a discussion with industry, which is also impacted by this, have discussion with civil libertarians and see can we do this better?
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/23/2013
Cuomo: You have said it is not the business of the US government to spy on its own people. The more it seems to come out the more questions seem to be raised. Are you confident you know everything that's going on within that agency and you can say to the American people it's all done the right way? Obama: yes. But what I've also said is that it can only work if the American people trust what's going on and what's been clear since the disclosures that were made by Mr.. Snowden is that people don't
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/23/2013
Obama continued: have enough information and aren't confident enough that, between all the safeguards and checks that we put in place within the executive branch and the federal court oversight that takes place on the program, and Congressional oversight, people are still concerned as to whether their e-mails are being read or their phone calls being listened to. Cuomo: especially hearing they are then mistakes are made, (shakes your confidence)
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/23/2013
Obama: what was learned was that NSA had inadvertently accidentally pulled the e-mails of some Americans, in violation of their own rules, because of technical problems that they didn't realize. They presented those problems to the court. The court said this isn't going to cut it. You're going to have to improve the safeguards given these technical problems. That's exactly what happened. All these safeguards, checks, audits, oversight, worked. Now, i think there are legitimate concerns that people
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/23/2013
Obama continued: have that the technology is moving so quick that at some point, does the technology outpace the laws that are in place and the protections that are in place and do some of the systems end up being like a loaded gun out there that somebody at some future point could abuse? Because there are no allegations, and i am very confident knowing the NSA and how they operate, that purposely somebody's out there trying
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/23/2013
Obama continued 2: to abuse this program or listen in on people's e-mail or -- Cuomo: you're confident in that? Obama: i am confident in that, but what i recognize is that we're going to have to continue to improve the safeguards and as technology moves forward, that means that we may be able to build technologies to give people more assurance and we do have to do a better job of giving people confidence in how these programs work. So what I've said is I am open to working with Congress to figure out can we get more
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/23/2013
Obama continued 3: transparently in terms of how the oversight court works, do we need a public advocate who people have confidence in, but we've also got to do it in a way that recognizes we have hostile folks out there that will potentially try to do us harm.
Barack Obama
President of the United States
KPIX 12/17/2013
Obama: by sifting through this so-called meta data they may identify potential leads with respect to folks who might engage in terrorism. Crawford: But in his decision, Judge Leon questioned whether the program even works, saying the government does not cite a single instance where the program actually stopped an imminent attack.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: All of us understand that the standards for government surveillance programs must be higher. Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough or leaders to say trust us and we will not abuse the data we collect. History has too many examples where the trust has been breached. Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power. It depends on the law to constrain those in power.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: I believe we need a new approach. I am therefore ordering a transition that will end section 215 bulk metadata program as exists and establishes a mechanism that preserves the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata. This will not be simple.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: A Review board recommended that our current approach be replaced by one in which the providers or a third-party retain the bulk records with government accessing information is needed. Both of these options pose difficult problems. Relying solely on the records of multiple providers for example could require companies to alter their procedures in ways that raise new privacy concerns . On the other hand, any third party maintaining a the single consolidated database would be carrying out what’s essentially a government function, but with more expense, more legal ambiguity, potentially less accountability, all of which would have a doubtful impact on increasing public confidence that their privacy is being protected.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: I’ve ordered that the transition away from the existing program will proceed in two steps. Effective immediately we will only pursue phone calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist organization instead of the current three. And I have directed the Attorney General to work with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, so that during this transition period the database can be queried only after a judicial finding or in case of a true emergency.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: Next, step two, I've instructed the intelligence community and the Attorney General to use this transition period to develop options for a new approach that can match the capabilities and fill the gaps that the section 215 program was designed to address without the government holding this metadata itself. They will report back to me with options for alternative approaches before the program comes up for reauthorization on March 28. And during this period, I will consult with the relevant committees in Congress to seek their views and then seek Congressional authorization for the new program as needed. Now the reforms I’m proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe. Now I recognize there are additional issues require (further debate).
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: Some who participated in our review, as well as some members of Congress would like to see more sweeping reforms to the use of National Security Letters so we have to go to a judge each time before issuing these requests. Here I have concerns that we should not set a standard for terrorism investigations that is higher than those involved in investigating and ordinary crime. But I agree that greater oversight on the use of these letters may be appropriate and I’m prepared to work with Congress on this issue. There are also those who would like to see different changes to the FISA court than the ones I proposed. On all these issues, I'm open to working with Congress to ensure that we build a broad consensus for how to move forward and I'm confident that we can shape an approach that meets our security needs while upholding the civil liberties (of every American).
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: I've instructed my national security team come as well as the intelligence community, to work with foreign counterparts to deepen our coordination and cooperation in ways that we build trust going forward. Now let me be clear -- our intelligence agencies will continue to gather information about the intentions of governments as opposed to ordinary citizens around the world. In the same way that the intelligence services of every other nation does. We will not apologize simply because our services may be more effective.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 01/17/2014
Obama: We are held to a different standard precisely because we have been at the forefront of defending personal privacy and human dignity. As the nation that developed the internet, the world expects us to ensure that the digital revolution works as a tool for individual empowerment, not government control. Having faced down the dangers of totalitarianism, fascism and communism, the world expects us to stand up to the principal that every person has the right to think, write and form relationships freely because individual freedom is the wellspring of human progress. Those values make us who we are. And because of the strength of our democracy, we should not shy away (from high expectations. )
Barack Obama
President
MSNBCW 01/19/2014
Obama: Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say trust us, we won't abuse the data we collect. For history has too many examples when that trust has been breached. Gregory: Good Sunday morning. So no matter what you think of Edward Snowden and his decision to spill secrets of how the government conducts domestic surveillance, he started one big debate. Without him and what he did, it is hard to imagine the President giving the speech he gave this week. Bottom line, the spying programs are here to stay it appears
Barack Obama
President
ALJAZAM 01/30/2014
MacVicar: Edward Snowden traitor or patriot, started an important national conversation about government intrusion and surveillance, a conversation that resulted in promises of new eyes on the watchers. Obama: I will reform our surveillance programs because the vital work of our intelligence depends on public confidence here and abroad. The privacy of ordinarily people is not being violated.
Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen
Norway's Former Environment Minister and Former Representative of The Nowegian Parliament
ALJAZAM 01/30/2014
Obama: I will reform our surveillance programs because the vital work of intelligence depends on public confidence here and abroad. The privacy of ordinarily people is not being violated. MacVicar: it will take a lot to convince some people of that. But as the two Norwegian legislators who nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize said we do not necessarily condone or support all of his disclosures. We are however convinced that the public debate and changes in policy have contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order. His actions have in fact led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle, they said, in global security policies. Its value cannot be overestimated.
Barack Obama
President
KQED 03/25/2014
Mathisen: The Obama Administration proposed sweeping changes to the NSA's surveillance of American's phone records. It now puts the burden of storing and searching phone records of millions of people on phone companies instead of on the government. The President says the changes would help ease concerns about privacy while still keeping Americans safe. Obama: Overall I'm confident that it allows to us do what is necessary in order to deal with the dangers of the terrorists attacks but does so in a way that addresses some of the concerns that people have raised. Mathisen: Federal regulations already require phone companies to hold onto so-called metadata on all phone calls for 18 months. But that does not include records on the caller's names or the content of those calls. the government and telecom giants monitor phone calls.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 05/02/2014
Obama: it has pained me to see the degree to which the Snowden disclosures have created strains in the relationship. But more broadly, I've also been convinced for a very long time that it is important for our legal structures and our policy structures to catch up with rapidly advancing technologies. And as a consequence through a series of, you know, steps, what we try to do is reform what we do and have taken these issues very seriously. Domestically we tried to provide additional assurances to the American people that their privacy is protected.
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